Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Drug Diversion and Disease Transmission Video Tool

Drug diversion is the act of obtaining or using prescription medicines illegally. Drug diversion by healthcare professionals includes stealing controlled substances, such as opiods, for their own use. This can result in several types of patient harm including:
- Substandard care delivered by an impaired healthcare provider
- Denial of essential pain medications or therapy, or
- Risks of infection (e.g., with hepatitis C virus or bacterial pathogens) if a provider tampers with injectable drugs

To help educate healthcare providers on the signs and risks of drug diversion, Colorado has developed a new video resource for facilities. The video provides interviews from experts in the field of drug diversion.

To watch the video visit http://www.oneandonlycampaign.org/partner/colorado 

If you have an upcoming training or would like a guest speaker to present on injection safety, please contact Alana Cilwick (303.692.2727) or alana.cilwick@state.co.us Injection Safety Coordinator at CDPHE.